On January 21, Hunter College announced the appointment of Thomas A. Farley, MD, MPH, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as the 2014 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. Farley led the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2009, and was an influential figure behind many of Mayor Michael Bloomberg administration’s health initiatives. During his year-long fellowship at Hunter, Dr. Farley will lead a faculty seminar, work with both undergraduates and graduate students and continue his work in public health policy. He also plans to work with Hunter’s College’s Food Policy Center.
The Fellowship, funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, is part of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project at Hunter College. Past Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellows in Public Health were Richard Jackson, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health at UCLA, author of Making Healthy Places and host of the public television series Designing Healthy Communities; Sue Atkinson, the first Director of Public Health for London and Health Advisor to the Mayor; American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin; and John McDonough, Chief Advisor on health care reform to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.